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My Niece, My Hero

Exactly eight years ago yesterday (June 26th) my niece was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer. She had been to the doctor the previous year because she had found a lump in her breast. He told her it was a cyst and to come back in a year. By then it was spread to her bones, spine and numerous other places. She went through a bone marrow transplant, hundreds of Chemo treatments, PET scans every 6 months and a masectomy. She was poked, prodded, had blood work done over and over again and in short went through hell and back. And she seldom ever complained or had a pity party. She lived ever day to the fullest while the rest of us watched in total amazement at her courage.

Yesterday she passed away. The cancer had reached her liver and nothing more could be done.

If she had been sent for a mammogram on her first visit I believe that she could have been saved.

To all other women - When you find a lump, insist on a mammogram right away or find another doctor who will order one. I cannot stess enough the importance of early detection. So click on the Pink button every day so that any women who needs a mammogram can get one.

Springfield, MO

Story of Hope..

In June 2007 I was diagnosed with breast cancer in my right breast,I had a masectomy on that breast and 6 months of chemo, then radiation, A year later a had a masectomy on the right side for preventative purposes, And reconstruction with expanders, I still continue to take Tamoxifen.

I am truly greatful to God first of all ( he is amazing and awesome) He gives the doctors the wisdom they need to help us through these trials.

I hope all these stories will encourage other women, to Stay Strong, You can get thru this too...

(pictured above after treatment)

Tampa, FL

1 year later

I found a lump in my breast while breast feeding my son. Thinking it was a clogged duct, I delayed seeing my doctor for a bit. After further delays for this and that, and almost not getting a biopsy because the techs didn't think it looked cancerous, I finally was told that I had breast cancer on New Years Eve 2007. I had a mastectomy in February followed by chemo and radiation, ending in mid-October 2008.

I took part in an exercise study during chemo. Doing aerobic exercise 3x/wk, chatting with others at the same stage as myself who were part of the study, plus the support of my moms' group who took turns watching my two kids, and family who flew across the country to be with me on chemo days and through radiation, really helped me get through the summer.

I'm so grateful for the support I've received, and try to give back whenever I can. (and I finally have hair again!)

Ottawa, ON, Canada

How Important is a Mammogram

Over the last 3 years I have clicked everyday to help another women receive a mammogram. I did this because of the importance for all women to receive one. What I neglected to do was get one for myself and as a Canadian mine was free. After waiting for almost 3 years to have a mammogram I finally asked my doctor for the requisition to get one done in April of this year. When the first one was done I was called back for a repeat, then sent for a biopsy. On May 7th of this year it was confirmed that I had breast cancer. The Doctor's removed the mass and I am now starting my radiation treatment. I thank God everyday that I finally had the sense to go for the mammogram and belive me never again will I wait 3 years to have another one done.

Sharon McTamney
Ajax, ON, Canada

19 Years and I'm still here beating the odds

At the age of 36, I discovered I had breast cancer. I wasn't totally suprised as my mother had died of breast cancer at the age of 52, when I was 26 and her mother died of breast cancer at 52 when my mother was only 17. I grew up very aware of breast cancer but it was not a common occurance. Sadly this is not the case now.

My sister last year had breast cancer even though she was part of the tamoxifen blind study. It turned out she was on the drug. My sister-in-law and her sister died of breast cancer. That is just in my family circle and I know so many other women who have had to deal with breast cancer.

My place in this sad arena is to be a hope to anyone who has to deal with this horrible disease. I am not a survivor, I am a living example of hope. It does not matter how long we are here but how we fill that time up. It is the dash between the year you were born and the year our time is up.

Patti Rhodes
Pompano Beach, FL

Mammography Saved My Life. Twice!

At the age of 35 I had my first mammography, a baseline they said, so they would have something to compare future ones to. They found a small tumor, the size of a pea. With three daughters, ages 2, 3 and 5, I was willing to do anything. The doctor said we would kill an ant with a sledgehammer and I was willing. I had a lumpectomy, chemo and radiation. Twenty years later, I had my routine mammography. Out of the blue they found two areas in the same breast. I am now post mastectomy. I chose a prophalactic mastectomy for the other side. I am undergoing reconstruction at this time. No chemo this time! I am here to tell you mammographies and aggressive therapies save lives. Encourage the ladies in your lives to have them. Drag them if you must!

River Vale, NJ

Stage Zero??

I had never heard of Stage "0" cancer until my annual mammogram in 2008! The computer found some cells in two areas that were suspicious looking. A computer-driven biopsy showed these cells were malignant DCIS cells. I had a lumpectomy followed by radiation therapy. The pathology report from the surgery showed NO EVIDENCE of cancer cells. How was this possible? All of the cells had been removed during the biopsy! I am still in shock over this! My oncologist was just as surprised. My surgeon made sure that I understood EXACTLY what was going on here. I found it incredible. I am now looking forward to my 2009 annual mammogram. I encourage every female I know to seek out a digital imagery mammogram. It was my salvation and could be yours too.

B J Price
Burnsville, MN

You are never too young to do SBE

I was in bed one day watching a morning show when a 28 year old woman found out that she had breast cancer during her pregnancy. I thought to myself, Oh, how the way, let me check myself today. I was very diligent about checking myself every month. To my surprise I found a lump in my left breast. I thought, could this be right? I am only 35 years old? I got nervous and called my OB/GYN to no avail, they still weren't in. I had to wait until 10 am to get someone. When I was able to speak to someone they told me not to worry, it was probably nothing and wanted to give me an appointment for the next week. I insisted on being seen the same day. When I went in he did feel the lump, but told me not to worry because I was so young. He sent me to get an ultrasound done. It looked suspicious. He recommended a surgeon. They surgeon also assured me it was probably nothing. He removed the lump and it came back positive. It was 2.5 centimeters. I was stage II cancer with no lymph node involvement. This all took place in a matter of weeks, at my insistance. I had 8 sessions of chemo and 33 radiation treatments. To this day I am cancer free. It's two years now. Don't be afraid to be aggresive and insist on prompt attention. It's your life, take control. Thanks to my faith in God and the help of my family and friends I am a stronger woman today.

Evanguelia Galarza
Perth Amboy, NJ

Cresskill Cougar Bosom Buddies, Champions Fighting Breast Cancer

A local team for the American Cancer Society's, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, won the hearts of many when they raised nearly $19,000 in two short months to further breast cancer research and support! Their team was 100 people strong and included entire families, children from 5 of the district's schools, 5 survivors and local community clubs, studios and businesses. The team was a perfect example of a community that came together for a cause that touches the lives of too many.

Regina Marie Morrissey
Cresskill, NJ

Thanks for great doctors!

I was bothered by several "cysts" in my left breast that I had drained over the years. I had one that continued to come back or have "debris" in it. Finally, I went to see a surgeon who suggested removing it surgically so that it would stop coming back!

In April 2000, I had surgery. It was removed and found to be forming pre-cancerous leisons -- which would have eventually turned into cancer. I am grateful to my surgeon -- who by the way, is a survivor herself -- she had a mastectomy and is a multiple year survivor!

My thanks and prayers go out to this surgeon -- she saved my life!


Albuquerque, NM
Enchanted Forest Sleeveless Tunic
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